Inside Gustavus 

September 7, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 2

President Cabinet Summary   

1.  Discussion was held regarding the many activities associated with new student orientation.

2.  Members approved a bereavement policy for all employees, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

When a death occurs in an employee’s immediate family, all regular full-time and part-time employees may take up to three (3) days off with pay, commensurate and prorated with the employee’s work schedule, to attend the funeral or make funeral arrangements. Please make arrangements with your supervisor regarding days off. Immediate family members are defined as an employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parents, stepparents, sisters, brothers, children, stepchildren, grandparents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, legal guardian or grandchild. Gustavus understands the deep impact that death can have on an individual or a family, therefore additional non-paid time off may be granted upon supervisor approval.

3. Members discussed the alcohol and drug policy. Members agreed that Vice President VanHecke (Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students) will be required to sign off on events where alcohol is served to students to give her the opportunity to talk with sponsors regarding responsible consumption of alcohol.

4. Discussion was held regarding responsibilities associated with advising student organizations.

News and Announcements   

About Inside Gustavus...With the beginning of a new school year comes Inside Gustavus, the campus's weekly, online, internal newsletter. Inside Gustavus will be posted online each Thursday except during academic breaks. Here are some things to keep in mind regarding submissions and publication:

  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online news submission form, click the Inside Gustavus box, and click the submit box.
  • What is the deadline? It is preferred that all submissions must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. There may be some exceptions.
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for the campus community. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank-yous or a market for local businesses. The editor retains the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
  • How many times may an item run? Generally, twice, so plan your event and promotion accordingly. Sometimes we can run an advance notice (perhaps 6-8 weeks out) and then run two closer to the date of the event.
  • When is the newsletter distributed? Each week of the academic year except during the week of Thanksgiving, the weeks of Christmas break, Touring Week, and the week of spring break. You will receive an e-mail when the most current edition of Inside Gustavus is available online. You can always read the most current edition and editions from years past at

Calendar Submissions and Gustavus-L... A reminder for members of the campus community about submitting events and announcements to the College calendar and how they appear on the gustavus-l email. Here are some helpful hints and instructions and, as always, feel free to call the Office of Marketing and Communication (933-7520) for further help.

  • To submit events and announcements to the College calendar and gustavus-l, go to
  • When you submit an EVENT it will appear on the calendar and gustavus-l after it is approved, but will only appear on the date of the actual event.
  • You can also submit an ANNOUNCEMENT about an event to help publicize the event and drive attendance. The announcement would have all the details of the event in the description, but it would say "save the date" or "plan to attend" in the body of the announcement. You are limited to three announcement submissions per event, but these will appear on the calendar AND on the gustavus-l prior to the event.
  • All events and announcement submitted to the College calendar will appear on the gustavus-l email.  If you would like to change your subscription gustavus-l you can make changes here.  

A Royal Affair - A Gustie Gala...Get your crown on for the biennial A Royal Affair fundraiser happening Saturday, November 11, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Mall of America. Enjoy an evening of incredible food, drinks, music, dancing, and spectacular silent and live auctions. Funds raised will create scholarships for first-generation college students with high academic performance and significant economic need, and strengthen the Gustavus library endowment. The night will be emceed by communications studies professor Phil Voight and Twin Cities sports and media personality Carly Aplin Zucker ’07. Radio host and pop/gospel singer Jearlyn Steele, and Gustavus student a capella group, LeGACy, will provide entertainment during dinner. Get your tickets now.

Enter to win a Fitbit from Gustavus...As a part of our commitment to employee health, Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to offer you the opportunity to win a Fitbit activity tracker. A Fitbit tracks every part of your day—including activity, exercise, food, weight, and sleep—to help you find your fit, stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact. In addition to activity, a significant component of your overall physical wellbeing is preventive care. Click here to learn how your preventative care efforts will help you to win a Fitbit.

Saint Peter Weekly Newsletter...As we continue to find ways to strengthen our partnership with the City of Saint Peter we would like to share this link to their weekly newsletter. Be sure to read it for the latest information about the greater Saint Peter community. 

Campus Happenings   

Alumni Awards...Join the Gustavus Alumni Association in celebrating its Class of 2017 Awardees! Visit with recipients of the First Decade Award, Anniversary Awards, Distinguished Alumni Citation, Greater Gustavus Award, and Honorary Gustie Award as we acknowledge their exemplary contributions to their respective professions, their dedication to their alma mater, and their service to the College.

This year's awardees include:

Warren Beck ’67 | Gabbert & Beck - President/Commercial Real Estate Developer
Eric Espeland ’92 | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Chief, Vaccine Countermeasures
Ben Levy ’07 | Deputy Chief of Aerospace Medicine, Flight Surgeon, Medical Director of Emergency Response Function
Krista Cruse Meierbachtol ’07 | Los Alamos National Laboratory - Staff Scientist
Ian Grant ’91 | The Relic Hunter - TV Host
George Hicks ’75 | Varde Partners, Inc. - Managing Partner
Patricia Pellikka ’79 | Mayo Clinic - Chair for the Division of Cardiovascular Ultrasound

Winner of the Gustavus Service Award
Steven O. Anderson '87 | Ophthalmology Associates, ophthalmologist

Please stop by the open reception on Friday afternoon; contact Philly ( or x7511) in Alumni and Parent Engagement to reserve a seat at the banquet. We hope you are able join us to celebrate these accomplished Gusties!

Friday, September 22
Community Reception: 4-5 p.m. (free of charge)
Awards Banquet: 6-8 p.m. ($15/person)

Four Weeks and Counting...The 53rd annual Nobel Conference is less than four weeks away. Be sure to visit for information and answers to most of your questions. Faculty, staff, and students are reminded to secure their one complimentary ticket by going online to The 53rd Nobel Conference invites participants to consider how continuing innovations in reproductive technology challenge us to think about what it means to be human.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

Support the Golden Gusties at one or more of these home athletic events this weekend:

  • Cross Country hosts its Alumni Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9
  • Men’s Soccer hosts Luther at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9
  • Men’s Soccer hosts Wartburg at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

In The News

The St. Peter Herald announced the upcoming performance of "For the Birds," co-written by 1979 Gustavus alums Victor Zupanc and Kevin Kling, that will take place on Sept. 29 in Bjorling Recital Hall.

KEYC covered first-year move-in day on Friday, Sept. 1.

Chaplain Siri Erickson was interviewed (pg. 5) in The Scribe about the College's Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible.


Apartment for Rent...My home's upstairs apartment will be available for rent. It has two bedrooms, a kitchen with lounge area, and a new bathroom. This is a self-sufficient space apart from the fact that it does not have a separate (exterior) entry. Entry is through my kitchen and up the stairs--there is a senior dog on watch who greets newcomers with some suspicion, so I am seeking someone with patience and a willingness to win her over with petting and treats. I also have a cat. Monthly rent includes all utilities and wifi and is $650 for one tenant or $700 split between two people. Minimum lease length of six months. The apartment includes basic furnishings--beds, sofas, kitchen table, dresser, etc. Shared washer and dryer are in the basement. Downstairs roommates (2) are Gustavus faculty and staff. Your parking is in the driveway. The property includes a garden, fire pit, and backyard chickens. It's a historic home that I've been fixing up. Email me with questions or if you'd like to see pictures or arrange a showing, or drive by to see the exterior and neighborhood: 324 N 8th, a moderate walk or very short drive north of Gustavus. Contact: Annika, 507-340-1434,

Home for Sale...Retired professor's home for sale, walking distance to Gustavus and South Elementary. Quiet dead end, four bedrooms, computer room, large closets and shelves, new carpet downstairs, smoke free, beautiful grounds. Ready to move in! $135,000. Contact Sara McKay 507-934-6176.

Parenting Group...There is an informal email list for Gustavus employees who are parents of young children to share information about schools and childcare, borrow equipment, etc. Please email Yurie Hong  if you or someone you know would like to be added to the list.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and services to others in the community, or seek the same from them. It is not meant to accommodate ads or announcements from area businesses such as real estate agents and retailers, although from time to time such announcements may be published when deemed to be of particular interest to the community.

Off Campus Event of Interest

Car Show...The Auto Restorers 41st Annual Car Show and Swap Meet will be 7 a.m - 3:30 p.m. on Sun. Sept. 17, at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds.  



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Homecoming Adolphus College Campus
10 a.m. Volleyball at Monmouth (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
noon Volleyball at Coe (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Football hosts St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Catherine (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1011:59 p.m. Glowga: Peer Assistants SNL Arena
Sep 27 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.


Inside Gustavus is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the Office of Marketing and Communication. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during the week of Thanksgiving, the Christmas break, Touring Week, and the Spring and Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: Inside Gustavus, Office of Marketing and Communication. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. For more information, contact Lorie Siebels ( or x7520).

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